Gaining muscle is the number one most important goal for men, I don’t know if it’s an idea that modern society has put into our minds or just a complex that we put upon ourselves, the fact is that we want to gain muscle to look good and feel good. Walking down the street and getting looked at by strangers (in a good way) is one of the best feelings in the world simply because they admire and are amazed by all that you have accomplished, if you still haven’t experienced this feeling you need to go back to the gym and eat some chicken and rice, just kidding, it takes time but once you got it it’s hard to lose it.
Gaining muscle according to bodybuilding magazines and pro athletes is easy as drinking water, the hard truth is it doesn’t work that way, gaining muscle can be easy if you have god like genetics or if you take steroids, but doing it the right and natural way takes a lot of work and quite a bit of time.
In order to maximize your gains you need to train smart, this means you need to work out between 4 and 5 times a week targeting each muscle group weekly although if you feel like something is lacking in comparison to other body parts you can train that body part 2 times a week, you also need to get enough rest so that your muscles can recover and grow, muscles don’t grow while in the gym they get destroyed! When you rest the muscular tissue repairs itself and makes itself stronger therefore causing muscle growth.
You will need to eat semi healthy, watch sugars and fats, make sure you’re consuming high quantities of protein and water, a lot of people will tell you to stay away from carbs (simple for carbohydrates) but you need to do the opposite because believe it or not that’s where your body gets the juice or gas to run along all day, it keeps you looking full and not flat, if you ever feel a little bloated or feel like you are getting fat you should probably take it easy on the carbs to some extent.
When I talk about consuming carbs I mean the good kind, avoid candy, breads, chocolate, chips and junk food in general try eating rice and vegetables, you can have one or two cheat meals a week by doing this you are tricking your body and making in function and digest the macro-nutrients differently during these meals you can eat what you wish but be ready for that cardio the next day because you don’t want to get overweight.
If you’re new to the bodybuilding world and are starting to bulk up you will see some gains pretty fast but nothing like in the magazines so be mentally prepared, avoid reading cocky testimonials from pro bodybuilders that say they were huge “before starting weight lifting” and that they gained 100 pounds of muscle in 2 years because it’s all lies, it took them longer to achieve that and plus they put in the work and maybe got a “little help”. Muscle mass is hard to develop, it takes years of training it doesn’t matter how old you are, I know people in their 60’s who are pretty muscular, the point is that if you don’t have patience or dedication you won’t reach any of your goals weether it’s bodybuilding or life related, the muscle will come you just have to work at it.